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Students ‘Spring’ Into Action to Aid Local Nonprofits

More than a dozen students and staff devoted a portion of their weeklong hiatus from classes to take part in an organized Alternative Spring Break at five local agencies. “The focus was on giving back to the Williamsport community,” said Sammie L. Davis, coordinator of diversity and cultural life. “It’s important to let our students see that they’re part of that community, and that they don’t have to travel more than a few blocks to make a real difference.” The Penn College group, which represented a cross-section of academic areas and organizational interests, volunteered at the American Rescue Workers, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, James V. Brown Library, the Leighton Place senior living community and the Salvation Army. Among the much-appreciated outreach on behalf of the nonprofits, volunteers provided basic maintenance, cleaned out a freezer, prepared lunch, played board games and socialized with residents, put away canned goods, contributed to a “thank a donor” display, made holiday wreaths out of discarded Christmas trees … and generally learned the easy-to-attain benefit of helping someone in need.

– Photos by Tia G. La, pre-physician assistant student


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